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Author Topic: Philadelphia Museum of Art - horse armor and other stuff.  (Read 9900 times)
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« Topic Start: June 10, 2007, 07:00:46 pm »

There was a *bleeping* bicycle race in town today, and it cut off the normal routes to the museum.  I had never been there, and didn't recognize the significance when the fact was relayed on the radio. Roll Eyes  After half an hour, I found a parking space of sorts - cars were spilling out of the normal parking areas and I ended up parked in a left turn lane. Cheesy

Walking away from that, I noticed a gold equestrian statue.  Though I was approaching from behind, it took maybe two seconds for me to identify who was being portrayed.

My private goddess: Joan of Arc.



Well, that sort of set the tone. Smiley  It was so beautiful and unexpected that I was on the verge of tears.  (And yes, that is gold.)

Inside, I picked up a map and bumbled around until I found European Art, 1100 - 1500.  There was a lot of religious stuff and architecture there.  Shot a lot of video, but being dis-allowed flash photography meant very poor light.

Then I arrived in the Arms and Armor room, and was absolutely stunned at the horse armor.  I never thought it would be there!  Spurs, bits, chanfons, and entire sets.  Plus knightly armor, swords, and early firearms.  The detail on some of this stuff is amazing.  Not just engraving, but inlays!

From there I made my way into European Art 1500 - 1800.  After shooting some video and stills, I was resting my cramped right (camcorder) hand, and made a remark to a guard that I was parked in a left-turn lane.  With a mental dope-slap, I realized that the bike race could very well be over, and my car in the middle of the street - or towed.

But it wasn't.  Not even a ticket.

Small blessings.

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« Reply #1: June 10, 2007, 07:11:13 pm »

Then I arrived in the Arms and Armor room, and was absolutely stunned at the horse armor.  I never thought it would be there!  Spurs, bits, chanfons, and entire sets.  Plus knightly armor, swords, and early firearms.  The detail on some of this stuff is amazing.  Not just engraving, but inlays!

Lyric and I just got in a DVD on medieval arms and armor. I doubt it will be as good as seeing it in person, however.
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« Reply #2: June 10, 2007, 07:24:33 pm »

Lyric and I just got in a DVD on medieval arms and armor. I doubt it will be as good as seeing it in person, however.

Where did you get it?  Is there a preview?

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« Reply #3: June 10, 2007, 07:25:52 pm »


We just got in a documentary from Netflix called Knights and Armor that we're looking forward to starting tomorrow night at dinner.
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« Reply #4: June 10, 2007, 07:26:11 pm »

Lyric and I just got in a DVD on medieval arms and armor. I doubt it will be as good as seeing it in person, however.

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« Reply #5: June 10, 2007, 07:27:35 pm »

Where did you get it?  Is there a preview?



There's no preview, but the glimpse I took to make sure it would play looked good. Here's the blurb from Netflix (it's an A&E documentary):

Journey back to the days of chivalry and knighthood for the story of the quintessential knight (William Marshal) and discover the arms, technology, warfare and romance of his majestic profession. Join Marshal on the parade grounds and battlefields, where his astonishing successes made him a legend, and trace the history of arms and armor with an up-close look at the world-famous Graz collection of armor in Austria.
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« Reply #6: June 10, 2007, 07:36:02 pm »


Journey back to the days of chivalry and knighthood for the story of the quintessential knight (William Marshal) and discover the arms, technology, warfare and romance of his majestic profession.

William H. Marshal, the opera singer?

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« Reply #7: June 10, 2007, 07:45:04 pm »

William H. Marshal, the opera singer?



Nope. This one:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Marshal%2C_1st_Earl_of_Pembroke
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« Reply #8: June 10, 2007, 07:55:44 pm »


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Upon his return William rejoined the court of King Henry II, and now served the father through the many rebellions of his remaining sons (Richard, Geoffrey, and John). In 1189, while covering the flight of Henry II from Le Mans to Chinon, William unhorsed the undutiful Richard in a skirmish. William could have killed the prince but killed his horse instead, to make that point clear. After Henry's death, he was welcomed at court by his former adversary, now King Richard I, who was not foolish enough to exclude a man whose legend, and power, just kept growing.

THE LION IN WINTER! Cheesy

I was thinking William was the narrator.  Duh.

Oh, my, how things come around.

Has anyone looked at the photos? Tongue

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« Reply #9: June 10, 2007, 10:28:56 pm »


Has anyone looked at the photos? Tongue


I did . Smiley
The ones you posted are wonderful ,especially considering the no flash rule.
I would love to be able to see them in person one day.
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« Reply #10: June 10, 2007, 10:33:38 pm »

Has anyone looked at the photos? Tongue



Oh yeah. Very nice. That's what made me think of the documentary. Smiley
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« Reply #11: June 11, 2007, 07:19:04 am »

I did . Smiley
The ones you posted are wonderful ,especially considering the no flash rule.
I would love to be able to see them in person one day.

Oh yeah. Very nice. That's what made me think of the documentary. Smiley

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« Reply #12: June 11, 2007, 08:44:45 am »

Has anyone looked at the photos? Tongue

Definitely, they are what made me think of the video -- the opening credits we scanned are all in front of pictures of armor.
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« Reply #13: June 11, 2007, 08:46:40 am »

Definitely, they are what made me think of the video -- the opening credits we scanned are all in front of pictures of armor.

Pressed post to soon. Your pictures also made me feel sorry for the horses who had to wear that armor AND carry some guy in armor and still charge into combat.
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« Reply #14: June 11, 2007, 11:59:33 am »

Your pictures also made me feel sorry for the horses who had to wear that armor AND carry some guy in armor and still charge into combat.

I'm not an expert but I read alot. If I remember what I've read correctly, the horses that were used were specially bred to be larger and stronger than today's horses.  Which, of course, was necessary as the horses carried their armor, their rider AND their rider's armor.  Can't forget their rider's weapons and they very well may have carried a few supplies for their riders (ie bedroll).
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